The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.
The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.
The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Appeals provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.
The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416, tel. 415.575.6880
Please note: Rescheduling Requests and Withdrawal Forms can now be filled out online (writable PDF format) and submitted via email. Please follow the instructions below. The best webserver to use
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- Go to the “Resource Center” tab on the of our website.
- Click on “Forms”.
- Open the form of your choice (rescheduling request or withdrawal).
- Fill out the form and include digital signatures. For rescheduling requests, in lieu of a digital signature, you can attach an email from the other party which shows that they agree to rescheduling the appeal to the proposed date. Send the form and emails (when applicable) to the Board Office via email email@example.com or fax (415) 575-6885.
Public Comment: All documents submitted to the Board of Appeals are public records and may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Board’s website or in public documents. If you are a member of the public and are submitting public comment, but would like your name and/or personal contact information to be redacted by Board staff, you must prominently request redaction (preferably bold face type that is underlined) at the beginning of your submission (or if the submission is an attachment to an email, request redaction in the body of the email).
Notice regarding Campaign Contributions
Under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 1.127, no person or entity with a financial interest (as defined in Section 1.127(a)) in a land use matter pending before the Board of Appeals, Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Port Commission, or the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors, may make a campaign contribution to a member of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, the City Attorney, or a candidate for any of those offices, from the date the land use matter commenced until 12 months after the board or commission has made a final decision or any appeal to another City agency from that decision has been resolved. For more information about this restriction, visit sfethics.org.
If you have any questions about this procedure or the Board’s meeting changes, please feel free to contact the Board’s office at 415-575-6880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Appeals decisions, forms, Rules, annual reports and other publications and information are available in the Board’s Resource Center.